God showed me that a spiritual battle regarding FEAR and ANXIETY was taking place right now over the lives of many of God's children, as we have been wanting to take steps forward in the spiritual gifts God has given us.
"This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline." (2 Tim. 1:6-7 NLT)
God showed me a picture of a beautiful garden, but what stood out most was a bright yellow shield right in the middle of this garden next to a big tree. He started to show me that the garden represents the place of growing and working in our spiritual gifts. Then I asked Him about the bright yellow shield and He said, "This shield represents a spiritual battle taking place regarding anxiety and fear. Right now, the enemy is targeting the lives of My children as they are growing and stepping up into the calling I have placed on their lives."
Darts of Anxiety and Fear
Then He took me into an open vision where I saw people working in the garden and then I started to see tiny darts being shot out from darkness. The tips of these DARTS were coated in FEAR and ANXIETY and they were piercing His children.
Suddenly, I felt myself being hit in the back of the head by a dart. I could feel my mind become paralyzed, like my head was sedated. I could still walk, but my head felt like it had just been HIJACKED and quickly my mind started to fill with CONFUSION and DOUBT until all I was doing was walking around in circles. Also all I could hear was an ACCUSING VOICE and a laughter that mocked my every thought as anxiety gripped me.
No matter what I did in the garden, I found myself unable to function. As anxiety and fear started to take hold. I felt more darts hit me in the head, then my ears, then my lips. Then God showed me other people being hit by these darts, paralyzing the part of the body that it hit...I asked God about this and He started to show me the enemy's plan of attack.
The Enemy's Plan
The enemy has been prowling in the shadows, ready to pounce at any moment. Once he found an opening, he first targeted the head. This allowed the enemy to infiltrate the mind and thoughts, paralyzing God's people with fear and anxiety. Then, he targeted the area that people were gifted in or being called to. FEET: where people were to walk in the places God was calling them to. HANDS: for what people were building and working on for the Kingdom. LIPS: for words people were called to preach, speak, worship and sing. EARS: to muffle the voice of God.
"Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of Believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings." 1 Pet. 5:8-9 NIV
Go to the Shield
As I looked up, all I could see was the yellow shield pulsating with light and I knew a battle was in full swing. I heard a voice call out, "Go to the shield!" So I took shelter between the big tree and the shield.
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Eph. 6:12 NIV
As I sat there feeling weak and confused, I felt a nudge to lift my hand and grab hold of the shield...
"In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one." Eph. 6:16 NIV
As I did this I felt the strength of God start to fill me as the haze lifted and I started to get clarity. The glory of God covered me, His hands covered my head. I could hear the beating of His heart as He held me and sang the words, like a victory song in the heavens, "It is done! He has won! Fear has no place! Anxiety has no place! Faith, rise up and take your place!"
Rise Up Warrior, It's Time to Move Forward
FAITH started to RISE UP in me as I heard these words. I felt strong enough to stand again. The atmosphere had shifted and I stood up, firmly holding the shield and I became clothed in a full, radiant ARMOR of GOD. God said, "The battle is won! The arrows and darts of FEAR and ANXIETY are rendered USELESS in the hands of the enemy. Step forward with confidence knowing that I have you! They won't lay a hand on you! See, I have clothed you with ALL you need. So RISE UP MY WARRIORS, it's time to MOVE FORWARD. Open your mouths, lift your hands, move your feet! Advance, advance!"
"Whoever lives within the secret shadow of Shaddai, hidden in the strength of God Most High, will always be kept safe and feel secure! Here's how I describe Him: He's the Hope that holds me, and the Stronghold to shelter me, The only God for me, and my Great Confidence. Yes He will rescue you from every hidden trap of the enemy, and He will protect you from false accusation and any deadly curse. His massive arms are wrapped around you, protecting you.
"You can run under His covering of majesty and hide. His faithfulness is a wrap-around shield keeping you from harm. You will never worry about an attack of demonic forces at night, not have to fear a spirit of darkness coming against you. Don't fear a thing! Whether by night or by day, demonic danger will not trouble you, nor the powers of evil launched against you. For God will keep you safe and secure, they won't lay a hand on you!" Ps. 91:1-6 TPT (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Helen Madeline Cobanov has a heart to ignite God's children and awaken the dormant ones. Over the years, God has been filling Helen with prophetic words, songs and dreams, and speaking into her life, not only to love who He created her to be, Helen Madeline (meaning "Light Tower"), but to live by example, and show others what the Lord can do when you become a willing vessel for Him. Through her ministry, His Light Tower, God is using her to speak into the hearts and lives of others, and teaching them to stop putting limits on Him, and to fully embrace all He has for them. Helen is married to Daniel and they have two teenage sons, and live in Brisbane, Australia